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JPMorgan New York Tax Free Bond C JCNTX

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  • NAV / 1-Day Return 6.47  /  +0.15 %
  • Total Assets 373.6 Mil
  • Adj. Expense Ratio
    1.050%
  • Expense Ratio 1.050%
  • Distribution Fee Level Low
  • Share Class Type Level Load
  • Category Muni New York Intermediate
  • Credit Quality / Interest Rate Sensitivity
  • Min. Initial Investment 1,000
  • Status Open
  • TTM Yield 2.10%
  • Effective Duration 4.90 years

USD | NAV as of Feb 28, 2024 | 1-Day Return as of Feb 28, 2024, 11:56 PM GMT+0

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Morningstar’s Analysis JCNTX

Medalist rating as of .

Strength in JPMorgan New York Tax Free Bond C's Process Pillar is partially offset by an Average People Pillar rating, leading to a Morningstar Medalist Rating of Neutral.

Our research team assigns Neutral ratings to strategies they’re not confident will outperform a relevant index, or most peers, over a market cycle on a risk-adjusted basis.

Strength in JPMorgan New York Tax Free Bond C's Process Pillar is partially offset by an Average People Pillar rating, leading to a Morningstar Medalist Rating of Neutral.

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Summary

Fees are a weakness here. The strategy's lofty fees are a high hurdle to clear, as it is priced within the highest quintile among peers.

The strategy benefits from the longest-tenured manager on the team's lengthy experience. This is a positive driver of the strategy's Average People Pillar rating. The strategy's investment approach stands out and earns an Above Average Process Pillar rating. The strategy's parent organization earns the firm an Above Average Parent Pillar rating, and this rating is inherited from vehicles belonging to the same branding entity and is indirectly assigned by an analyst.

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Morningstar's evaluation of this fund's process seeks to determine how repeatable, consistent, and reliable it is, and whether management maintains a competitive advantage.

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Process

Above Average

JPMorgan New York Tax Free Bond Fund earns an Above Average Process Pillar rating.

The main driver of the rating is the parent firm's five-year risk-adjusted success ratio of 57%. The measure indicates the percentage of a firm's funds that survived and outperformed their respective category's median Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return for the period. The parent firm's excellent risk-adjusted performance, as shown by its average 10-year Morningstar Rating of 3.3 stars, also bolsters the process. Lastly, the process is limited by the number of months that the management team has been running this vehicle together.

Compared with other funds in the Muni New York Intermediate Morningstar Category, this fund takes on significantly lower credit risk. But in terms of long-term interest-rate sensitivity, it hews closely to its average peer over the past few years. Opening the analysis to additional factors, the portfolio has displayed biases over time, whether towards or away from certain fixed-income instruments. Compared with the category average, the managers have been overweight AA rated bonds in recent years. In the latest month, the strategy has relatively overweighted AA rated bonds compared with its peers as well. Additionally, there's been an overweight position in debt with 10- to 15-year maturities over the past few years. Compared with category peers, the strategy had more exposure to debt with 10- to 15-year maturities in the most recent month. Finally, during the past few years, the fund leaned away from corporate debt. Nevertheless, the fund's corporate debt exposure was in line with peers in the latest month.

This strategy's 12-month yield is 2.1%, lower than its average peers' 2.4%. It also has a 2.2% 30-day SEC yield (a measure similar to yield-to-maturity). While a lower yield may deliver less income, it also tends to indicate lower credit risk. But that isn't always the case. Over the past 12 months, the average yield of the fund has been lower than the average yield of its Morningstar Category peers. The portfolio's average surveyed credit quality is on par with peers, with both the fund and the average being rated A.

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JPMorgan New York Tax Free Bond Fund earns an Average People Pillar rating.

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People

Average

Kevin M. Ellis, the longest-tenured manager on the strategy, provides strong guidance, offering over 25 years of listed portfolio management experience. The average Morningstar Rating of the strategies they currently manage is 2.6 stars, indicating that their risk-adjusted returns have underperformed the category average. Kevin M. Ellis is supported by an experienced team, being able to draw on three additional listed managers, who average 15 years of listed portfolio management experience. As a team, they manage two investment vehicles together, with a Neutral asset-weighted average Morningstar Medalist Rating, indicating the team will struggle to deliver positive alpha in aggregate. None of the managers here invest any money in the strategy, which is disappointing, as such investments help align managers' interests with fundholders.

Note: The People Pillar rating is indirectly assigned by an analyst. At least one of the managers on this fund manages a different product rated by an analyst. The analyst-assigned People Pillar rating(s) for these managers are combined with algorithmic scores for any non-covered managers on a tenure-weighted basis.

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A well-resourced, thoughtful, and disciplined steward of client assets, JPMorgan Asset Management maintains an Above Average Parent rating.

Associate Director Emory Zink

Emory Zink

Associate Director

Parent

Above Average

As of 2022, this investment stalwart manages more than USD 2.5 trillion in AUM. Composed of various global cohorts and diverse asset classes, the firm has more tightly integrated its capabilities in recent years, notably through the development of proprietary analytical and risk systems. Investment teams are robustly staffed and helmed by seasoned contributors. The firm’s strategies tend to produce reliable portfolios, and several flagship offerings are Morningstar Medalists. Manager incentives align with fundholders'; compensation reflects longer-term performance factors, and portfolio managers invest in the firm’s strategies as part of their compensation plans.

The firm’s funds tend to be well-priced, but they aren’t as competitive as many highly regarded peers of similar scale. Recent product launches include thematic and single-country strategies, both of which carry the potential for volatile performance and flows, along with misuse by investors. The firm remains intrepid when it comes to developing an environmental, social, and governance-focused framework and continues to move into other areas such as direct indexing through its 55iP acquisition and China through its joint venture, but these complicated initiatives take time to assess any real and lasting effect.

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This strategy’s C share class has held up poorly, falling behind both its peers and the category benchmark.

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Performance

Specifically, over the past 10-year period, this share class trailed its category's average return by an annualized 90 basis points. It was also not able to clear the hurdle set by the category index, Bloomberg Barclays Municipal New York Tax-Exempt Bond Index, where it trailed by an annualized 1.7 percentage points over the same period. Although one-year performance does not factor heavily in the overall rating, it is worth mentioning that this share class returned 1.8%, a sizable 78-basis-point loss over its average peer, placing it within the bottom 10% of its category group.

Finally, the share class proved itself ineffective as it was unable to generate alpha, over the same 10-year period, against the category group index: a benchmark that encapsulates the performance of the broader asset class.

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Low-cost investments routinely outperform high-cost investments.

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Price

Thus, assessing cost is a critical step in any investment evaluation. This share class is in the costliest quintile of its Morningstar Category. Its high fee, considered jointly with the fund’s People, Process, and Parent Pillars, suggests that this share class could struggle to deliver positive alpha relative to its category benchmark, leading to its Morningstar Medalist Rating of Neutral.

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Portfolio Holdings JCNTX

  • Current Portfolio Date
  • Equity Holdings
  • Bond Holdings
  • Other Holdings
  • % Assets in Top 10 Holdings 15.2
Top 10 Holdings
% Portfolio Weight
Market Value USD
Sector

JPMorgan Instl Tx Fr Mny Mkt Agcy

3.96 14.9 Mil
Cash and Equivalents

UTILITY DEBT SECURITIZATION AUTH N Y 5%

3.33 12.5 Mil
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NEW YORK ST TWY AUTH ST PERS INCOME TAX REV 5%

1.52 5.7 Mil
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NEW YORK ST DORM AUTH REVS 5.5%

1.42 5.3 Mil
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NEW YORK ST URBAN DEV CORP REV 5.5%

1.38 5.2 Mil
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NEW YORK ST DORM AUTH SALES TAX REV ST SUPPORTED DEBT 5%

1.38 5.2 Mil
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NEW YORK ST URBAN DEV CORP ST SALES TAX REV 4%

1.35 5.1 Mil
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NEW YORK N Y CITY TRANSITIONAL FIN AUTH REV 4%

1.26 4.7 Mil
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NEW YORK N Y CITY TRANSITIONAL FIN AUTH BLDG AID REV 5.25%

1.19 4.5 Mil
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NEW YORK N Y CITY TRANSITIONAL FIN AUTH BLDG AID REV 5%

1.18 4.4 Mil
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